"What's Your Fertility Number?" October's National Infertility Awareness Week Brings Attention to Age's Role in Female Infertility with Free Testing by Fertility Center of Las Vegas

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During National Infertility Awareness Week, October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008, Dr. Bruce Shapiro and Dr. Said Daneshmand of Fertility Center of Las Vegas want to educate all people about infertility, especially women. They are offering women 25-40 free FSH fertility testing.

Women are born with 1-3 million oocytes (immature eggs) at birth and that number declines to 300 thousand at the time of her first menstrual cycle. Both egg quality and quantity decrease with age, especially after age 34.

Despite the fact that over 7.3 million Americans will contend with infertility this year alone--the inability to get pregnant after one year of trying--many individuals are still unaware of the disease's prevalence or ways to mitigate risks. During National Infertility Awareness Week, October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008, Dr. Bruce Shapiro and Dr. Said Daneshmand of Fertility Center of Las Vegas want to educate all people about infertility, especially women.

According to Dr. Shapiro, "While infertility affects men and women equally, a woman's reproductive potential is more sensitive to time. One of the primary ways to test female fertility is through a follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) blood test on day three of her menstrual cycle. This test essentially identifies if the ovaries have an adequate egg supply." When a woman goes into menopause she is basically running out of eggs in her ovaries. The brain senses the loss of eggs and thus the hormone estrogen, so it releases more FSH in an attempt to stimulate the ovaries to produce a mature egg.

"A woman with an elevated FSH may have a significant decrease in both the quality and quantity of eggs in her ovaries," notes Dr. Daneshmand who adds, "Women are born with 1-3 million oocytes (immature eggs) at birth and that number declines to 300 thousand at the time of her first menstrual cycle. Both egg quality and quantity decrease with age, especially after age 34."

As reproductive specialists, Drs. Shapiro and Daneshmand see the consequence of declining fertility daily but there are options if patients are informed early. Says Dr. Daneshmand, "Fifteen percent of females may experience a more rapid decline in the number and quality of eggs, as soon as even the mid- to late-20's. Consequently, its imperative to assess ovarian reserve through FSH testing if conception is or will be desired."

The sooner a woman knows her "fertility number' the more options she will have with regard to her reproductive options. These include egg and/or embryo cryopreservation or freezing. Either of these techniques allows an opportunity for future biologic offspring even if the present situation is not conducive to having a family.

Both Drs. Shapiro and Daneshmand are offering free FSH testing during the month of October for women ages 25 to 40 so that they can know their "fertility number." Appointments for the free FSH testing are necessary and can be made in advance by calling the Fertility Center of Las Vegas at 702-254-1777.

The Fertility Center of Las Vegas was established in 1988 and was and remains the city's first and only center with two sub-specialty board certified reproductive endocrinologists. Drs. Shapiro and Daneshmand--hailing from Yale and UCLA respectively--are clinicians as well as researchers and faculty for the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Their work into blastocyst transfer, oocyte (egg) freezing, ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome prevention, and uterine synchrony has been published in esteemed journals, and earned them numerous awards including Practicing Physician and Healthcare Hero. To date, the center has been responsible for the births of over 3,700 babies. In their 20th year, the Center will be hosting their annual patient reunion fundraiser, which has contributed over $50,000 to local non-profits.

For more information on the free FSH testing, please call the Fertility Center of Las Vegas at 702-254-1777 or visit online at http://www.fertilitycenterlv.com. Media inquiries can be directed to Sharon Chayra at 702-658-3236.

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